taff at 140 universities will strike for 5 days later this month within the long-running dispute over pay and dealing circumstances.
The College and School Union introduced that its members at 136 universities will strike for 5 consecutive days from Monday 25 to Friday 29 September.
Strikes will hit 4 Scottish universities on barely completely different dates to coincide with native motion by different unions.
The union additionally introduced it had withdrawn its marking and evaluation boycott which began in April.
The UCU warned additional motion may very well be on the playing cards because it stated it’s going to start reballoting its members at universities over extra industrial motion.
It stated this may permit it to escalate the dispute by taking additional motion this 12 months and into 2024.
Workers are persevering with different types of industrial motion, together with working to rule, not endeavor any voluntary actions, and never rescheduling lectures or courses cancelled as a consequence of strike motion, the union stated.
The union stated an imposed pay rise for this 12 months was price “simply 5 per cent” for many of its members.
UCU common secretary Jo Grady stated: “We’re left with no possibility however to strike through the begin of time period as a result of our members refuse to face by whereas pay is eroded and employees are shunted onto gig-economy contracts.
“It’s shameful that vice-chancellors nonetheless refuse to settle the dispute regardless of a 12 months of unprecedented disruption, and have as a substitute imposed a pay award that employees overwhelmingly rejected.
“Universities are richer than ever, producing tens of billions of kilos in revenue and hoarding billions extra in money deposits, however they will not give employees their fair proportion.
“A pay award of 5 per cent is a large real-terms pay lower and is considerably decrease than faculty lecturers acquired.
“Now we have sought to settle this dispute at each alternative, together with agreeing to a joint evaluate of sector funds, however we’re confronted with employers that need to see employees and college students undergo.
“We desperately hope vice-chancellors realise we’re going nowhere with out a truthful settlement and make us a sensible provide. If they don’t, campuses shall be marred by picket strains throughout freshers’ week, and we are going to launch a brand new strike poll permitting us to take motion properly into 2024.”
The union is looking for an above inflation pay rise, saying that pay has fallen inn actual phrases by quarter since 2009.
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